Report highlighting America’s unhealthy air and more, sobering

In this year’s Earth Day message here on the Air Quality Matters blog in “Earth Day 2018: Air, airways, lungs, etc. no places for pollution,” brought to bear is the pointed declaration: “It’s a known fact the pollution continually being poured into our atmosphere is detrimental to health and wellbeing when breathed in.” I don’t … Read more

Earth Day 2018: Air, airways, lungs, etc. no places for pollution

It’s a known fact the pollution continually being poured into our atmosphere is detrimental to health and wellbeing when breathed in. The fact of the matter is, as reported in The Guardian newspaper recently, in the world, greater than 9.5 in 10 people are exposed to unhealthy air, a thorough air-pollution study has found. Put … Read more

CATS: Tram to operate sans overhead wires; is almost fully recyclable at end of life

Number 38 in the Clean Air Technologies Series. Electric motors are used extensively. They’re in everything from electric drills and shavers to lawnmowers and buses, cars and trains. The sky is the limit. That these are used in the railway realm is nothing new. What is new, on the other hand, is the way in … Read more

San Diego regional-transportation-plan-dispute outcome sets precedent for California cities

Going back to an earlier time and as reported on Dec. 9, 2012 in “To meet prescribed emissions-reduction targets, San Diego must get transportation plan right,” I related: “San Diego … has been in the spotlight. It isn’t just that the southern California community was the very first in the state (and America) to have … Read more

Book Review: ‘Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future’

Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future is a collection of chapters, vignettes if you will, composed by both the conductor (lead author) – Daniel Sperling – and a cohort of contributors. Three Revolutions is chockfull of information, much backed up by supporting documentation (what’s contained in the “Notes” section). … Read more

When is it ever okay for cars, industries, etc. to pollute air (as they do)?

It is impossible to not air-pollute. Think about it. How would it be possible to have even some of the things that life offers without the polluting of our air? It wouldn’t be. But, the key is, if pollution cannot be completely avoided, then there should be as little pollution as possible. And, hence the reason … Read more

Forward ho! On advancing transportation, it’s a brave new world

Continuing along the lines of the discussion of Tuesday’s post: “U-turn: Our driving profile, on taking the eco-smart road and what that will take,” in today’s thread, considered is where transportation is headed generally. Encouraging signs there are. Exciting times are these. The change in transportation development is coming absent my directly noticing it. What … Read more

U-turn: Our driving profile, on taking the eco-smart road and what that will take

Americans are driving more than ever before. And, in the United States, because of all the “stop-and-go” or “stopped-in-traffic” driving, drivers are delayed an average of 44 hours annually. Non-eco-friendly driving in addition to any delay associated with such, contribute both to poor air quality and human health degradation. Yes, it’s true that driving has … Read more

Motor vehicle development could see radical change – how air’s likely to change, too

By now, you’ve seen the ubiquitous, yes, ubiquitous images, scenes, photos of smoke billowing from industrial stacks; strings, lines, queues of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles so concentrated, freeways and surface streets appearing parking-lot like; and smog so thick, at first glance, what’s in the air actually looks like fog. As to the point in the middle … Read more

Should fine-particle filters required on some near-freeway homes become standard?

More than seven months ago, I posted: “New L.A. freeway-adjacent homes getting air filtration as way to reduce indoor particles.” The post dealt with homes along Los Angeles, California-located freeways getting home particulate filters installed to filter out fine particulate matter from indoor air. Though, this applies only to new homes situated within 1,000 feet … Read more